This past week, I had the tremendous privilege once again to serve as facilitator of adaptive yoga for a very special group of humans living with traumatic brain injury.
I have found working with this population to be one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences I have had as a teacher. Both our clients and the caregivers who work daily by their sides were stretching and breathing aloud, laughing and making jokes, finding connections between poses, dancing, swimming, yoga and life. It was a beautiful way to spend an evening with some really beautiful people.
One of the things I love so much about this discipline is the way in which yoga is all- inclusive, meeting participants exactly where they are, (absolutely everyone) regardless of any limitations, (real or perceived) when given appropriate options and modifications.
Learning the skills of building connection between breath, body, spirit and mind can be life-changing for anyone, but especially for those with more traditional obstacles in every day activities. As we always say, if you can breathe, you can do yoga. And I am continually encouraged by how much I find this to be true, time after time. “Yoga is more than just stretching and awkward poses. The practice of yoga incorporates the use of breath, focus, balance, and muscle strength. As a therapy for both the mind and body, yoga can bring a new focus of what one can achieve, building optimism, confidence, and balance. By quieting the mind, stress and anxiety is reduced and the body can focus on building strength and flexibility.” •
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